Thursday, 12 July 2012

Burn of Tingon, Eshaness

I've known for a while that there is a fantastic waterfall Warie Gill where The Burn of Tingon enters the sea. Until I went there though I had no idea how wonderful the rock forms there were as well as the place in general.

It's pretty much off the beaten track, but it's well worth the effort to visit. Here's the view looking inland along The Burn of Tingon...

Other than the rock it's very reminiscent of the Dales back home. The rock is an amazing andesitic pyroclastic rock, a tuff, spewed out of the ancient volcanoes that were in the region something like 400 million years ago. The weathered rock is pitch black with weathered out chunks of rock within it. Here's a pretty fresh chunk where you can see smaller angular rocks with in it, some chunks within the rock are pretty big. You can see the black that it weathers to too...

Approaching Warie Gill at the coast is very imposing. Black walls ascend from the massive boulder strewn floor, not dissimilar to Da Grind O Da Navir, and the small burn vanishes amongst them to reappear in a pool before it makes a long drop to the trapped sea below.

I know there's a burn in there some where...

Today the burn was very gently pouring over the rock ledge to the water, around 10 m below.

The sea mainly comes in through that enormous arch, but also under the massive rock band that is to the left of this photo. It was hard to get it all in and odd to see when you are there.

The paler rock in the bottom right of the photo actually goes straight from one side of the geo to the other(you can see the bed underlies the black rock near the waterfall). To see the sea crashing through here and over the rock band in a storm would be amazing.

The view from the top of one of the buttresses looking south to Da Grind O Da Navir.

The paler rock is the rock band that seems to have a subterranean passage through it and separates the plunge pool of the waterfall from direct access out to the sea.

That very circular pot hole is probably around 3m across. I wonder when  those trapped rocks will drill though the rock band, may be they already have?

Sadly with out a rope I couldn't see a way to get down to the base of the waterfall or the rock band and it's not as if you can easily approach it from around the coast as the cliffs are a little daunting!

Looking south...

And north across the geo...

There are some other geos nearby that will be worth visiting in the future too, may be during a spell wild westerlies if I'm feeling brave!

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